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Dec 26, 2011

Islamists set to quit Algerian govt, push reform

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Boosted by the success of peers in the region, a leading Algerian Islamist party plans to leave the ruling coalition before April’s parliamentary election to press for constitutional reforms to limit the powers of the president.

“We are for a parliamentary system, not a presidential system as is the case now, and we will campaign to change the constitution,” Bouguera Soltani, leader of the Islamist Movement for Society of Peace, told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria names new chief at energy firm Sonatrach

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Algeria’s state energy
firm Sonatrach named its fourth chief executive in two years on
Thursday, bringing new disruption to a company that supplies a
large share of Europe’s gas but is struggling to get new
exploration projects off the ground.

Nourredine Cherouati, appointed chief executive just 18
months ago in the wake of a corruption scandal, was replaced by
Abdelhamid Zerguine, a one-time vice-president in the firm who
until now ran a Sonatrach affiliate in Switzerland.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria names new Sonatrach chief executive

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Algeria’s Sonatrach state energy firm, Nourredine Cherouati, was
replaced on Thursday after 18 months in the job.

Abdelhamid Zerguine, a former Sonatrach vice-president for
pipelines, was named as the new chief executive.

Nov 17, 2011

Algeria Sonatrach CEO to be replaced – govt sources

ALGIERS, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The chief executive of
Algeria’s Sonatrach state energy firm, Nourredine Cherouati, was
replaced on Thursday after 18 months in the job.

Abdelhamid Zerguine, a former Sonatrach vice-president for
pipelines, was named as the new chief executive.

Nov 13, 2011

Algeria says Nigeria’s Boko Haram tied to al Qaeda

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Intelligence reports show there is coordination between the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram and the Algerian-based north African branch of al Qaeda, the Algerian deputy foreign minister said Sunday.

Boko Haram has killed dozens of people in Nigeria, and Western security experts say any link-up with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) could make it a more potent threat, especially to Nigeria’s energy sector.

Sep 26, 2011

Tuareg tribes clash with new Libyan forces:sources

TRIPOLI/ALGIERS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Tuareg tribesmen
fought skirmishes at the weekend with armed groups affiliated to
Libya’s interim government, two sources with local contacts told
Reuters, a clash that highlighted the challenges Libya’s new
rulers face in winning over fractious tribes.

Tuaregs, nomads who roam the desert spanning the borders of
Libya and its neighbours, backed Libya’s deposed leader Muammar
Gaddafi and view with suspicion the National Transitional
Council (NTC) that is now in power.

Sep 9, 2011
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Algerian Sufi order master wants reformist Sufi role in Arab Spring


(Members of a Sufi brotherhood carry their flag as they pray in the desert during the festival of Sboue near the town of Timimoun about 1,200 km south of Algiers, March 24, 2008/Zohra Bensemra)

Sufi Muslims across North Africa must stand up for dignity and freedom so their mystical form of Islam can be heard in the lively debates over democracy in the Arab world, a leading Algerian Sufi master says. The official Islam promoted by dictators who were swept away by Arab Spring revolts has failed and Muslims now need Sufi-style spirituality to promote brotherhood and unity, said Sheikh Khaled Bentounes, head of the Al’ Alawiya Sufi order.

Sep 4, 2011

Remote oasis saw Gaddafi family, but briefly

DJANET, Algeria (Reuters) – She came with her mother and brothers, fleeing across the Sahara from the wrath of her father’s nation. Reaching a remote oasis, she gave birth to a daughter and was gone again, deep into the desert in a caravan of luxury vehicles.

So goes the story of Aisha Gaddafi as told by Algerians living in the oasis town of Djanet, 1,500 km (900 miles) inland from Algiers. They said they saw little of the ousted Libyan leader’s family during their two-day stay last week, but would welcome other supporters of Gaddafi who arrived as refugees.

Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi’s daughter gives birth in Algeria: sources

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By Lamine Chikhi and Marie-Louise Gumuchian

ALGIERS, Aug 30 (Reuters – Muammar Gaddafi became a grandfather again on Tuesday when his daughter Aisha gave birth to a girl within hours of fleeing across Libya’s desert border into Algeria, officials said.

Algerian officials highlighted the plight of the expectant mother in explaining a decision to give refuge to the fugitive Libyan ex-leader’s wife and three of her children on Monday — a move denounced by the country’s new rulers as an act of aggression.

Aug 30, 2011

Security fears behind Algeria haven for Gaddafi family

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s decision to give refuge to members of Muammar Gaddafi’s family is rooted in its leaders’ deep fears that the revolution in neighbouring Libya will revive the Islamist violence it has spent years battling.

By letting Gaddafi’s wife, two sons, and daughter flee into its territory, Algeria risks diplomatic isolation, but its government has shown it is unafraid of swimming against the tide of international opinion where its interests are at stake.

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      "I am based in Algiers, North Africa. I report on a wide range of issues including agriculture, oil and gas, terrorism, and telecoms. Before joining Reuters in 2003, i worked in several algerian dailies."
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